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11th Jan '17 11:11:24 AM wootzits
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* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime follows the above formula almost ''exactly''. Originally it was working up to a conclusion, then [[CashCowFranchise it got a popularity explosion]] and the executives [[LongRunners wouldn't let it finish]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but with both the anime and the manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, the second half seems to be much longer than the first. It doesn't help that the Dressrosa arc is (as of this writing) is both the manga and anime's longest story arc, having gone on for at least two years.

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* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'': The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime follows the above formula almost ''exactly''. Originally it was working up to a conclusion, then [[CashCowFranchise it got a popularity explosion]] and the executives [[LongRunners wouldn't let it finish]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still
Washizu Mahjong arc began in the Grand Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but 1997, with both the anime match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) the match's progression looked like [[https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this]] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, rest of the second half seems to be much longer than the first. It doesn't help that the Dressrosa arc is (as of this writing) is both the manga and anime's longest story arc, having gone on for at least two years.arc.



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' does this to focus on being an episodic comedy series without worrying about maintaining any sort of continuity or major plot arc.



* The Washizu Mahjong arc in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' began in 1997, with the match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) the match's progression looked like [[https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this]] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the rest of the arc.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but with both the anime and the manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, the second half seems to be much longer than the first. It doesn't help that the Dressrosa arc is (as of this writing) is both the manga and anime's longest story arc, having gone on for at least two years.
* The Washizu Mahjong arc in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' began in 1997, with ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime follows the match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) above formula almost ''exactly''. Originally it was working up to a conclusion, then [[CashCowFranchise it got a popularity explosion]] and the match's progression looked like [[https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this]] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the rest executives [[LongRunners wouldn't let it finish]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' does this to focus on being an episodic comedy series without worrying about maintaining any sort
of the continuity or major plot arc.



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* When the first book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was written, it was intended as part of a trilogy; Creator/GeorgeRRMartin is now hoping to wrap things up in Book 7. Book 4 (in particular) seems to have been the height of the Plot Decay: it's essentially a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the survivors of the first StoryArc, and while two more arcs have been building slowly in the background, they are found only in Book 5.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': RobertJordan originally planned for the series to be a trilogy. Before too long had passed he realized he would need six books to finish. He [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] working on a twelfth and final volume. BrandonSanderson, hired to complete it, needed ''three'' to get it all done, though at least the pace has picked up and we're no longer getting books that are [[PutOnABus entirely missing one of the three male leads]]. Book ten is set almost entirely in the week ''preceding'' the end of the ninth book and contains quite literally no plot developments for any of the twenty or thirty storylines it checks in on more or less just to remind you they exist. The one actual thing that actually happened occurred at the end of the previous book, making volume 10 such an epic waste of the reader's time that it crosses over into being essentially a self-referential joke.

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* When the first book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was written, it was intended as part of a trilogy; Creator/GeorgeRRMartin is now hoping to wrap things up in Book 7. Book 4 (in particular) seems to have been the height of the Plot Decay: it's essentially a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the survivors of the first StoryArc, and while two more arcs have been building slowly in the background, they are found only in Book 5.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': RobertJordan originally planned for the series to be a trilogy. Before too long had passed he realized he would need six books to finish. He [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] working on a twelfth and final volume. BrandonSanderson, hired to complete it, needed ''three'' to get it all done, though at least the pace has picked up and we're no longer getting books that are [[PutOnABus entirely missing one of the three male leads]]. Book ten is set almost entirely in the week ''preceding'' the end of the ninth book and contains quite literally no plot developments for any of the twenty or thirty storylines it checks in on more or less just to remind you they exist. The one actual thing that actually happened occurred at the end of the previous book, making volume 10 such an epic waste of the reader's time that it crosses over into being essentially a self-referential joke.
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': When the first book was written, it was intended as part of a trilogy; Creator/GeorgeRRMartin is now hoping to wrap things up in Book 7. Book 4 (in particular) seems to have been the height of the Plot Decay: it's essentially a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the survivors of the first StoryArc, and while two more arcs have been building slowly in the background, they are found only in Book 5.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Creator/RobertJordan originally planned for the series to be a trilogy. Before too long had passed he realized he would need six books to finish. He [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] working on a twelfth and final volume. BrandonSanderson, hired to complete it, needed ''three'' to get it all done, though at least the pace has picked up and we're no longer getting books that are [[PutOnABus entirely missing one of the three male leads]]. Book ten is set almost entirely in the week ''preceding'' the end of the ninth book and contains quite literally no plot developments for any of the twenty or thirty storylines it checks in on more or less just to remind you they exist. The one actual thing that actually happened occurred at the end of the previous book, making volume 10 such an epic waste of the reader's time that it crosses over into being essentially a self-referential joke.



[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).

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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).
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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).



[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Some of the quest series in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. The main examples are Elves, Menaphos and Morytania quest series. They started at rather fast pace when they were released, but each installment will either grant less progress than the previous installment of the quest series or suffers from ScheduleSlip. Later though a few of the quest series have still been wrapped up.

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* Some of the quest series in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. The main examples are Elves, Menaphos and Morytania quest series. They started at rather fast pace when they were released, but each installment will either grant less progress than the previous installment of the quest series or suffers from ScheduleSlip. Later though a few of the quest series have still been wrapped up.
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* Some of the quest series in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. The main examples are Elves, Menaphos and Morytania quest series. They started at rather fast pace when they were released, but each installment will either grant less progress than the previous installment of the quest series or suffers from ScheduleSlip. Later though a few of the quest series have still been wrapped up.



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10th Jan '17 12:32:28 AM Arcorann
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* The Washizu Mahjong arc in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' began in 1997, with the match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) the match's progression looked like [https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the rest of the arc.

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* The Washizu Mahjong arc in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' began in 1997, with the match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) the match's progression looked like [https://twitter.[[https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this] this]] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the rest of the arc.
4th Jan '17 9:12:31 PM Arcorann
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* The Washizu Mahjong arc in ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' began in 1997, with the match itself starting in chapter 70. As of chapter 284 (mid-2016) the match's progression looked like [https://twitter.com/sinononu21/status/734015190795067393 this] - note how the sixth and last hanchan has lasted over twice as long as the rest of the arc.
30th Oct '16 10:58:07 PM Dravencour
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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon begins slowing down until it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.

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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon begins slowing slows down until it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.
30th Oct '16 10:57:17 PM Dravencour
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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon begins slowing down to the point where it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.

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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon begins slowing down to the point where until it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.
30th Oct '16 10:56:52 PM Dravencour
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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon slows down to the point where it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.

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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but soon slows begins slowing down to the point where it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.
30th Oct '16 10:56:25 PM Dravencour
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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but later all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.

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The [[MythArc main storyline]] advances initially, but later soon slows down to the point where it all but comes to a halt. The rate at which PlotCoupons are collected drops dramatically, until it reaches a point where, for the A-story, StatusQuoIsGod. This can follow from the writer's understandable desire to avoid resolving the overarching plotline -- the one that is providing the core tension sustaining the work. Other times, it's because the work has become popular enough to become a CashCowFranchise and either the writer or [[ExecutiveMeddling their management]] doesn't want the story to end -- a lack of progress sometimes translates into good business.
25th Oct '16 7:06:18 PM nombretomado
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* When the first book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was written, it was intended as part of a trilogy; GeorgeRRMartin is now hoping to wrap things up in Book 7. Book 4 (in particular) seems to have been the height of the Plot Decay: it's essentially a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the survivors of the first StoryArc, and while two more arcs have been building slowly in the background, they are found only in Book 5.

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* When the first book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' was written, it was intended as part of a trilogy; GeorgeRRMartin Creator/GeorgeRRMartin is now hoping to wrap things up in Book 7. Book 4 (in particular) seems to have been the height of the Plot Decay: it's essentially a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the survivors of the first StoryArc, and while two more arcs have been building slowly in the background, they are found only in Book 5.
18th Oct '16 7:58:48 PM Dravencour
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The plots of some serial works can often take as much time getting to the three-quarter mark as they did getting to the half-way mark. And then as much time again on the next eighth. And so on. This phenomenon is known as Exponential Plot Delay.

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The plots of some serial works can often take as much time getting to the three-quarter mark as they did getting to the half-way mark. And then as much time again on the next eighth. And so on. This phenomenon is known as Exponential Plot Delay.
Delay, and it is a common trend among particularly long-running works.
18th Oct '16 7:57:32 PM Dravencour
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The plots of some serial works can often take as much time getting to the three-quarter mark as it did getting to the half-way mark. And then as much time again on the next eighth. And so on. This phenomenon is known as Exponential Plot Delay.

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The plots of some serial works can often take as much time getting to the three-quarter mark as it they did getting to the half-way mark. And then as much time again on the next eighth. And so on. This phenomenon is known as Exponential Plot Delay.
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